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||4 parts in grey resin
||Big improvement on Hasegawa's tyres;
very crisp casting; excellent detail; good fit.
||Indistinct tread pattern; take care
- not all late Corsairs used these pressed wheels.
||Highly Recommended to anyone
building a late Corsair
Obscureco have done modellers of
Hasegawa's recent 1/48 scale F4U-5/7 Corsairs a great service by offering
a relevant alternative to the fairly awful kit tyres.
Hasegawa have make a solid attempt at a
detailed wheel by moulding both the inner and outer hubs separately.
on these parts is really quite good. However, the one-piece tyre lets the
hubs down. The tyres are way too narrow. To my eye, the profile of the
tyre looks to low too (although the overall diameter looks okay). Added to these problems are four ugly ejector pin
marks on one side of the tyre.
Obscureco Aircraft's replacement wheels
address all of these issues. The wheel is cast in two parts - the tyre and
inner hub as one part, and a nicely detailed outer hub as the second part.
Detail is crisp and dimensions look good.
The hub is the pressed metal style that
graced some (but not all) of the later Corsair marques, including the
F4U-5, F4U-7, AU-1 and many post-war racers.
My only criticism is that the tread
pattern of the tyres is indistinct. It looks like a heavily worn radial
tread pattern, but it is quite feint.
These replacement wheels will make a
noticeable difference to your Hasegawa late Corsair.
Thanks to Chris
Bucholtz of Obscureco Aircraft for the review sample..
products may be ordered by mail from:
957 Curtner Ave
Militas, CA 95125
Postage is free in the US
for orders over $10. Postage is $4.50 for international orders.
Review and Images Copyright © 2001 by Brett
Page Created 25 May, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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